India registered their fifth consecutive victory in the World Cup thrashing West Indies by 125 runs at Old Trafford on Thursday. After posting a fighting 268/7, Indian bowlers bundled out West Indies for just 143 to come close to the semifinal berth. Mohammed Shami, who created history in the Afghanistan match by taking a hat-trick, starred for India again finishing with 4/16. With the comprehensive win, India have moved to the second position in the points table.
West Indies were in dire straits right from the beginning as Mohammed Shami reduced them to 16/2 in early overs scalping Chris Gayle (6) and Shai Hope (5). Nicholas Pooran and Sunil Ambris then steadied the innings. But Hardik Pandy triggered West Indies collapse by scalping Ambris (31). The Caribbean side then lost Pooran (28) to Kuldeep Yadav, Jason Holder (6) to Yuzvendra Chahal in quick succession. Jasprit Burmah then joined the party removing Carlos Brathwaite (1) and Fabian Allen (0) in successive deliveries. The tailenders were then wrapped up soon.
Earlier, a patient knock by skipper Virat Kohli along with a late cameo by MS Dhoni in death overs guided India to a fighting 268/7. Kohli scored 72 off 82 balls while Dhoni remained unbeaten on 56. KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya also chipped in with scores of 48 and 46 respectively as India survived another middle-order collapse. For West Indies, Kemar Roach finished with 3/36.